But God bless him for it. Until very recently he was living an idyllic life in rural Oahu in the old plantation town of Waipahu working as a top level security analyst for the NSA through outside contractor Boze Allen in Honolulu. According to The Guardian, Booz Allen is a consultant to government agencies & corporate clients (cronies), and about 23% of its revenue, or $1.3 Billion came from US intelligence agencies last year.
What made him do it?
“The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is being done in their name (to protect us from terrorism -ha! *my words) and that which is done against them.”
The only time Snowden became emotional during the hours of interview with The Guardian was in pondering the impact on his family.
“The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family. That’s what keeps me up at night.”
Snowden became disillusioned about how the government functions while stationed in Geneva in 2007 with the CIA where he witnessed entrapment of a Swiss banking official to obtain secret banking information on US citizens.
Oddly enough Snowden had drunk the Koolaid and hoped after the election of Barack Obama there would be real reforms, rendering disclosure unnecessary. Sadly he watched as Obama advanced the very policies he thought would be reined in.
Still from The Guardian, once he realized that the NSA’s surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, it was just a matter of time.
“What they’re doing poses an existential threat to democracy.”
May God bless and protect this man.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)